After 69 years of development and the merging of six institutions of higher education, Jilin University (JLU) has become the largest comprehensive university in China in terms of student enrolment. Adhering to the university motto of “truth, innovation, aspiration”, more than 300,000 students have graduated from JLU in the past decade. By 2020, JLU aims to become an important base for cultivating the country’s innovative talents, high-level scientific research and policy consultation. JLU has 6,630 faculty members, including 2,051 full professors (1,213 doctoral advisers), 24 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering (15 adjunct academicians); nine scientific research and talent training bases; six key centres of humanities and social science under the Ministry of Education; one state engineering laboratory; one state engineering technology research centre; six state key laboratories; 11 key laboratories under the Ministry of Education; and 23 key laboratories under other ministries. JLU covers a total area of 6.11 million square metres with seven campuses dispersed across six districts. JLU’s library has a collection of seven million books. It also serves as the China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS) centre in North East China. JLU has six gyms, basketball stadiums, volleyball courts, gym halls, table tennis halls, martial arts halls, eight football fields, 63 basketball courts, 27 volleyball courts, 23 tennis courts, three roller skating fields and one swimming pool, covering a total area of 257,000 square metres.